Let’s get straight to the point. Yes, a dental hygienist can be an independent contractor, but if only he/she appropriately follows the rules.
If you’re working through a dental staffing agency, chances are you’re not making as much money as you could. The service may be helping you find jobs, but those jobs don’t pay what you’re really worth. While you’re not paying the placement agency directly, the agency’s fees do ultimately come out of your pocket.
The first conference regarding artificial intelligence took place in 1956. Around that time, John McCarthy, the man many believe to be the father of AI, coined the term “artificial intelligence.” Now, over fifty years later, it seems the terms “AI” and “machine learning” are everywhere. There’s a good reason for that. The technology has become a part of our everyday lives. We can get everything from fashion advice to stock tips from computers. They can even beat us at games like go, chess and Jeopardy.
People outside of dentistry are often surprised to learn that many dental professionals don’t have full time, permanent jobs. But registered dental hygienists (RDHs) and dental assistants know the truth. Permanent positions in dental hygiene and dental assisting aren’t always available, and many dental professionals aren’t interested in staying in one place. Whether by necessity or by choice, RDHs have pieced together work schedules through dental temp agencies for decades.
A career in dental hygiene puts you in a position to help others while working in a growing, lucrative field. Working as an oral healthcare professional is a great choice for many reasons, but it’s not for everyone. Before spending the money, time and effort to become a registered dental hygienist (RDH), it’s important to know as much as possible about the job. Here are a few things to consider before jumping into an RDH training program.
Did you know that signing up to work through a placement agency can actually reduce your earnings and limit your work opportunities, especially full-time work? It’s true.
While placement agencies might not directly charge you for their services, the truth is you are paying for their services just the same. It’s a hidden, pernicious sort of trick. Here’s how it works.
Placement agencies get you to join them by promising free help. Then they turn around and charge a markup on your hourly rate to offices. This is money that, at least in part, could have gone to you.
This markup also makes you less competitive for temp assignments. Other temps, working through an online matching site like Cloud Dentistry, don’t come saddled with these extra costs, and are therefore more attractive options to dental offices.
And here’s the worst part of all. In the event an office wants to hire you full time, placement agencies charge a markup of around 15% on your annual salary. An office that wants to pay you a $50,000 salary, for example, may first have to pay $7,500 in tribute to the agency.
Many offices aren’t willing to pay this. So, as much as the office may have loved working with you, they’re going to fill this full-time position with another candidate—one that doesn’t come burdened by placement-agency baggage.
And so the cycle starts over. You missed out on a full-time position and are back to temping. Keep using a placement agency, and the cycle continues.
If you find yourself in this situation, or are considering working with an agency, I’d urge you to view the relationship with a critical eye. I’d also urge you to remove yourself from their roster. Otherwise, placement agencies may try to argue, wrongly, that your inclusion in their roster is enough to prevent you from working for an office (even if the agency did not help connect you to that office).
Restrictions on labor of this sort are of questionable legality. More importantly, anyone that would obstruct your gainful employment in this way does not have your interest at heart.
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We’re serious about your smile! As every dental professional knows, your mouth is an excellent indicator of your overall health. You’d be surprised how much it reveals about your well-being. But there are plenty of myths about dental health and dentistry research, as well.
Some will tell you that a dental office is completely within its rights to treat you as an independent contractor, if that’s what you agreed to. Others will tell you that it’s straight up illegal for a dental office to classify you as an independent contractor.
So, which is it?
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